I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad

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Macmillan, Jun 24, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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It was the day before Independence Day, 1833. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be sold down the river, Thornton Blackburn planned a daring—and successful—daylight escape from their Louisville masters. Pursued to Michigan, the couple was captured and sentenced to return to Kentucky in chains. But Detroit's black community rallied to their cause in the Blackburn Riots of 1833, the first racial uprising in the city's history. Thornton and Lucie were spirited across the river to Canada, but their safety proved illusory when Michigan's governor demanded their extradition. Canada's defense of the Blackburns set the tone for all future diplomatic relations with the United States over the thorny issue of the fugitive slave, and confirmed the British colony as the main terminus of the Underground Railroad.

The Blackburns settled in Toronto, where they founded the city's first taxi business, but they never forgot the millions who still suffered in slavery. Working with prominent abolitionists, Thornton and Lucie made their home a haven for runaways. When they died in the 1890s with no descendants to pass on their fascinating tale, it was lost to history. Lost, that is, until archaeologists brought the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn again to light.

 

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User Review  - bruchu - LibraryThing

The Land of Canaan In this harrowing tale of terror, resistance, love, and emancipation Archeologist Karolyn Smardz Frost has brought to life the stories of fugitive slaves Thornton Blackburn and his ... Read full review

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User Review  - caymil - LibraryThing

Interesting read for the history buff, but if you are more into historical fiction this may not be the best choice for you since it is written a bit like a text book. I checked this book out of my ... Read full review

Contents

Wade in the Water Children
3
There Is a Land Beyond the River
15
On Jordans Bank
47
Troubling the Waters
71
Im Bound to Go
94
Now Let Me Fly
117
DETROIT
123
Steal Away Steal Away I Aint Got Long to Stay Here
139
Wrestling Jacob
241
At Home in the Promised Land
254
Soldiers in the Army of the Lord
279
Gird Up Your Sword
310
Oh Wasnt That a Wide River? 3 2 7
327
Epilogue
346
Notes
355
Bibliography
403

Tell Old Pharaoh to Let My People Go
163
Oh Freedom
193
One More River to Cross
221
Primary Sources
429
Acknowledgments
437
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About the author (2008)

Karolyn Smardz Frost is internationally recognized for her work in public archaeology and history. A native of Toronto, she now lives in Collingwood, Ontario.

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